Jackie Johnson is a Milwaukee native as well as a graduate of Trinity International University. Residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ms. Johnson is an accomplished author and freelance writer with a passion for helping people who’ve experienced brokenness. When Love Ends is her second release, following Power Prayers for Women, which has sold almost 200,000 copies. You can visit the author at her website When Love Ends as well as her blog, A New Day Cafe.
Please tell us a bit about your book.
When Love Ends is a nonfiction book, but it’s packed with stories — mine and other people’s. The “plot” is essentially how to heal your broken heart after a relationship ends (whether you were in love or in like).
The truth is: Relationship breakups are hard, and many people try to soothe the sorrow in ways that are unhealthy or temporary. Like if you try to find comfort in overeating, drinking, shopping, or partying, you end up stuffed, sloshed, broke, and tired — and you still have a broken heart.
This book provides comfort, hope and encouragement, as well as practical advice from a faith-based point of view on how to get rid of your pain. When Love Ends offers a four-stage heart healing journey (through Twilight, Night, Dawn and Day) that helps you heal the hurt and rejection. A lasting solution, it helps you find the courage to let go, rebuild your shattered self esteem, and live beyond the breakup, better equipped to find the lasting love you truly desire.
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Well, since it’s a non-fiction book, I’ve already met most of the characters: myself, my friends, and the people I interviewed for the book.
If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?
Interesting idea. I’d be the leading lady in a romantic comedy. An amazing man would pursue me. We’d connect in myriad ways, get married, and then have a fabulous life together traveling the world, never worrying about money, helping others in need, making the world a better place, and always getting along happily. The End. Roll the credits.
Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your “writing mood”?
I write best at my home computer, but I gather ideas all the time. Almost every day I jot down snippets of ideas on scraps of paper, napkins, torn pieces of newspaper — basically whatever I can get my hands on. Finally, I decided to keep a notebook with me. Before I write, I always like to eat carbs — like a runner who does carbo-loading for stamina before a race. (Although for writing, it’s more for brain stamina than body stamina.) Generally, I lean toward a bowl of cereal or some non-dairy ice cream.
What are you reading right now?
Untamed by Lisa Harper
Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books?
John Eldredge (The Sacred Romance) and with his wife, Stasi, (Captivating)
Dan Allender (Bold Love)
Alicia Britt Chole (Anonymous)
Henri Nouwen (The Return of the Prodigal Son)
Brennan Manning (Ruthless Trust)
If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Like folding a fitted bed sheet, this is impossible! How can I pick just one when there are so many authors I’d love to meet? Okay, I’ll say John and Stasi Eldredge. They have an incredible depth of insight into the human condition, a love of nature and the outdoors, and a unique way of making God relevant to our lives.
Okay, here are a few “get to know you better” questions:
Please share with us a favorite memory.
My grandparents had a cottage on a lake in Northern Wisconsin and we (my two sisters and I) vacationed there with them every summer for two weeks. No parents. Our doting grandparents took us to water ski shows, horseback riding, animal farms and out for ice cream and shopping in Minocqua. I remember long walks in the woods, picking fresh raspberries and swimming for hours. Good memories!
Please describe a perfect meal – including menu and those present.
I’m a person who likes variety so it’s hard to pick one thing. Today, I’d say steak on the grill with baked potatoes, fresh grilled asparagus, and a bunch of different kinds of salads. For dessert, maybe a coconut cake with coconut ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. The setting would be outdoors under some cool shade trees with family and the close friends who love me most. Nice!
What are some of your favorite ways to relax?
Watch movies or TV to unwind. Be out in nature, maybe go to lake and hike or hang out with friends. In winter, sitting on a cozy couch wrapped in a warm blanket in front of a fireplace is my ultimate relaxation choice.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Colorado. I currently live “in the postcard.” I get to look at the scenic beauty of snow-capped Pikes Peak and the vast Rocky Mountains every day, and it’s only a short drive to get into the mountains.
If you could only read books by one author, who would it be? (I know, this is an inconceivable thought.)
Seriously, one author? Wow, that’s a tough one. I would have to say Dan Allender. He has razor-sharp insight into why we do what we do, and viable solutions based on God’s significant, life-changing words.
Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.
I am a dreamer. I’m also a person who wants to accomplish her dreams. A few years ago, after working for over a decade in a large corporation, I wanted to move to Colorado and be a freelance writer. And so, by the grace of God, I did.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
I love ice cream, but need to eat the non-dairy kind. Thankfully, there are a lot of options available these days.
If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Always have hope. Trust God. All things really do work together for the good.